JU races past San Diego, 34-16
Improving each week has been the mantra by JU head coach Kerwin Bell this season.

His JU football team continues to do that as the Dolphins picked up their first win ever on the West Coast with a 34-16 victory over San Diego.

The Dolphins (4-3, 3-1 PFL) won their second straight game behind a big offensive day and a hard-hitting defense.

“I told the team at breakfast that we needed to come out ready to hit hard and want it more than them,” Bell said. “We showed a lot of poise in the second half when they scored on the opening possession – we didn’t panic, we kept our focus and made some big plays to seal the win.”

The Dolphins piled up 402 yards of total offense, with 240 of that coming on the ground. Rudell Small led the running attack with 151 yards, his third 100-yard effort in the last four games. JU got two rushing touchdowns, one by J.J. Laster who finished with 51 yards and one by Keith Dawson, who finished with 21 yards.

Sporting a 20-10 lead at halftime, JU saw the Toreros start the second half with Sam Scudellari hooking up on a 52-yard play-action pass to John McGough to cut the lead to four, 20-16.

From there it was all JU.

The Dolphins took control of the game when Laster ran in from 1-yard out with three minutes left in the third quarter and put it out of reach when Josh McGregor hooked up with Josh Philpart from eight yards out with 29 seconds left in the third quarter.

The passing attack was solid as usual as McGregor threw three touchdowns, two to Philpart and one to Tommie Rogers. He finished the game with 162 yards passing, completing 10-of-24 attempts. Philpart finished with three catches for 48 yards.

JU dominated the first half but only led 20-10 at the half. The Dolphins opened the game with a 28-yard scoring pass from Josh McGregor to Josh Philpart and followed it up with a 4-yard run by Dawson to go ahead 13-0 at the end of the first.

The Toreros (3-4, 2-3 PFL) got the momentum going in the second quarter as Mike Levine kicked a 41-yard field goal to get USD on the board and they followed with a 2-yard scoring run by J.T. Rogan to cut the deficit to three, 13-10.

Jacksonville closed the half with McGregor hooking up with Tommie Rogers on a 32-yard pass to take a 10-point lead into the locker room.

Will Perry led the defensive effort with 10 tackles while Haywood Range had another stellar game with eight tackle, including half a sack. Jason Wood added his second interception of the season.

The Dolphins look to continue to make history next week as they attempt to win at Drake for the first time. Kickoff at Drake is set for 2 p.m., with Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show set to air at 1:30 p.m.